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Old 03-20-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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This as been an excellent forum... I really appreciate the input. Its safe to say that hawk's landing is out of the question. My husband has concerns that he will be driving home from Pembroke Pines to Parkland around the 5pm-6pm hour and get caught in awful traffic. During off peak times, google maps states its a 30-34 minute drive (based on a 65 mph limit). Can any one speak on the commute from Parkland to Pembroke Pines especially during peak traffic times?? I'd assume he'd take the Sawgrass expressway home. His office is near Pembroke lakes mall. Additionally, on some weeks he may have to drive daily to hollywood.
30-35 minutes is right unless there is an accident on the Sawgrass or I-75. I would add a 15 minute cushion to seek an alternate route in the event of an accident, there are many choices. Day to day "average" traffic is really not bad. Accidents notwithstanding the Sawgrass Expressway and I-75 are generally moving at full speed, with only some speed traps set up by FHP to worry about. I do suggest taking Sheridan Street to Flamingo Road to get into the Pembroke Lakes area, as Pines Blvd does get some congestion in the afternoon hour in particular. You will only have to contend with a couple of short school zones in the morning going on Sheridan/Flamingo, depending on what time. Depending on exactly where the office is, you can also sneak "around" the Pines Blvd traffic by making a left at Johnson Street instead and using Hiatus Road. None of these roads get too overly congested.

Going to Hollywood isn't that bad either, but worse than going to Pines. I wouldn't touch 95, instead I would take the turnpike south to Hollywood Blvd. The ramp to get off at Hollywood can get congested and take 10-15 minutes to get through, but it is being improved right now. You might also hit some local traffic depending on how deep into Hollywood the destination is. I would give that trip about 45 minutes, but add a 20 minute buffer of time in case of an accident.

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Living in Weston would be better in terms of commuting to PPines and Hollywood
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Living in Pembroke Pines or Hollywood would be better in terms of commuting to Pembroke Pines or Hollywood.
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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We are thinking of relocating to Broward County Florida. Our priorities are (1) the best schools for our two daughters who are 13 and 10 years old (2) a new moderate sized home- approx. $300,000.00 (3) affordable taxes (4) proximity to Fort Lauderdale Airport as my husband will be travelling a lot.

We have narrowed it down to Weston, Parkland, Coral Springs. Coral Springs seems to be more affordable than the other two but heard that the schools are not as good. Can anyone out there guide us?

Thanks
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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We are thinking of relocating to Broward County Florida. Our priorities are (1) the best schools for our two daughters who are 13 and 10 years old (2) a new moderate sized home- approx. $300,000.00 (3) affordable taxes (4) proximity to Fort Lauderdale Airport as my husband will be travelling a lot.

We have narrowed it down to Weston, Parkland, Coral Springs. Coral Springs seems to be more affordable than the other two but heard that the schools are not as good. Can anyone out there guide us?

Thanks
Weston and Parkland are good choices and most people would suggest Weston because of the family friendly environment so I would look there first. As far as taxes goes I think you might be surprised to by how high property taxes can run here. South Florida is the most expensive region in the state so it is not the best place to be looking for low taxes. Also you might have to purchase flood insurance if your in a flood zone. However I think you will just fine with all the amenities and activities the area has to offer.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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We are thinking of relocating to Broward County Florida. Our priorities are (1) the best schools for our two daughters who are 13 and 10 years old (2) a new moderate sized home- approx. $300,000.00 (3) affordable taxes (4) proximity to Fort Lauderdale Airport as my husband will be travelling a lot.

We have narrowed it down to Weston, Parkland, Coral Springs. Coral Springs seems to be more affordable than the other two but heard that the schools are not as good. Can anyone out there guide us?

Thanks
I think a townhouse in Weston would be a good choice for you.

FLL Airport is a straight shot on I-595 from Weston. 20 min.
Also Miami International Airport is within reach, but more like 40 min.

It won't be as convenient to drive to FLL Airport from Coral Springs or Parkland.

There are only *some* areas of Coral Springs that are zoned for good schools (which I believe are Parkland's schools).

I live in a townhouse community in Weston which is literally across the street from both middle and high schools. My daughters walked to the middle and are now walking to the high school. Both very good schools.
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